Project Description

Symposium at the Freud Museum

The transformative power of emotion-focused therapy

8 November  2018

10am to 4.30pm

Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX

Alex Knowles
Dr Sharon Lewis
Dr Robert J. Neborsky

Full Fee £105 (after 7 September 2018)
Earlybird £95 (before 7 September 2018)
ISTDP-UK trainees currently in training: £85

Fully Booked

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Attachment-Based ISTDP focuses on repairing the disrupted attachment bonds which lead to many of the difficulties and symptoms patients experience. Dr Neborsky is at the forefront of development of these techniques and Alex Knowles and Sharon Lewis have studied and worked alongside him for the past decade in the UK.

The symposium will demonstrate techniques from Attachment-Based Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy with an emphasis on defence work and anxiety regulation to deepen emotional experiencing.

Each of the presenters will show video extracts of therapy sessions.

Dr Neborsky’s presentation, “Hysteria Revisited” will address the problem of authenticating recovered memories of parental molestation, an issue which has long plagued the field of psychotherapy. He will explore the technical issues that arise in these cases.

The Presenters

Dr Robert J. Neborsky

Robert J. Neborsky, M.D., is a psychiatrist in private practice in Del Mar, California, and a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD School of Medicine and UCLA School of Medicine (Hon). Dr Neborsky initially trained in ISTDP with Dr Habib Davanloo in the 1980s, and in 2003 he was one of the founders of the Southern California Society for IS-TDP. He was also a founding member on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy.

Dr. Neborsky’s professional activities include training students in the techniques of his unique Attachment-Based Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (AB-ISTDP) and presenting at local, national and international symposia. He co-authored Short-Term Therapy for Long Term Change (Norton, 2001) and is a contributing author of Healing Trauma (Norton, 2003). In 2010, he edited and published The Collected Writings of Robert J Neborsky, MD along with The Collected Writings of Josette ten Have de Labije, (Itasca). In 2011, he co-authored Mastering Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy: A Roadmap to the Unconscious.

Alexandra Knowles

Alexandra Knowles is a UKCP registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist through the Universities Psychotherapy & Counselling Association (UPCA) and an Honorary Member of the Forum for Independent Psychotherapists (FiP) which she founded. She originally trained over 30 years ago as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist working in Therapeutic Communities was well as in private practice, teaching and supervising. Following the first ISTDP Oxford Conference in 2006, put on by David Malan she joined the initial group of UK therapists to be trained in ISTDP. Subsequently she became accredited by the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association (IEDTA) as an ISTDP teacher and supervisor. She has presented extensively at conferences and is involved in the training and supervision of therapists. Currently she devotes her time to her ISTDP practice working with individuals and couples and runs core training groups in London and Oxford.